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Apr 24, 2013 4:00am PDT
free this morning after charges linking him to poison-laced letters sent to president obama and others were dropped. paul kevin curtis released from custody yesterday after investigators found no evidence of ricin at his home. since his arrest last week, curtis has maintained his innocence. >> overwhelming, to say the least. it's overwhelming. when you've been charged with something and you never heard of it, ricin or whatever. i thought they said rice. so, i said, i don't even eat rice. >> fbi agents, mostly wearing hazmat suits have searched another man's house. there's no word on whether they have found anything linked to the case. the man in question says he's innocent, as well. >>> now, to those flood worries in the midwest. hundreds of thousands of sandbags have arrived in fargo, north dakota, where the red river could crest at record levels in the coming days. the sandbags are doing their job in peoria, illinois, holding back floodwaters from the scenic riverfront. the flood threat there is subsiding. and no rain in the forecast. >>> pressure is growing in washington to d
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Apr 23, 2013 6:00pm PDT
mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to president obama. he called the ordeal a nightmare. however, did he not blame the government. his lawyer praised the way he was treated. curtis says he's ready to move on. >> i resuspect president obama i love my country and would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any oirj u.s. official. >> curtis told reporters he didn't know what ricin was. his release came after investigators found no evidence of the poison in his home, or car. authorities searched the home of another mississippi man. they're not saying what, if anything was found. >> a sign surviving boston bomber suspect is headed for recovery. jahar tsarnaev is now in fair condition reportedly telling investigators the bombing plot was his brother's idea tonight we're hearing from the man credited for ending the manhunt for jahar. he called police after discovering the suspect hiding in a boat in the backyard. >> hits you more afterwards. you think, my god, we probably slept last night this guy could be -- that, you know, i don't know it's just surreal. >> a
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Apr 23, 2013 11:35pm PDT
, in light of beyonce and jay-z's trip to cuba to you support obama's plan for 5% of taxes to south korea should ahmadinejad fortify his nuclear program. it makes no sense. it has enough to it to make people feel like they should have an answer. with that said, it's time for our confusing question of the day. >> in light of beyonce and jay-z's recent trip to cuba, do you support 25% of federal tax dollars to protect john kerry against south korea should ahmadinejad move forward with his nuclear program? >> i think we should. just in case something obviously happens. but if nothing is going on, then he shouldn't. >> light of the recent trip to cuba, do you support president obama's plan for 25% of federal tax dollars to south korea should ahmadinejad go forward with his nuclear program? >> oh, yes. we should do everything should a problem arise. >> i agree. >> in light of beyonce and jay-z's recent trip to cuba do you support president obama's plan to allocate 5% of the federal tax dollars to protect john kerry from zut korea should mahmoud ahmadinejad love forward with his nuclear p
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Apr 19, 2013 12:35am PDT
universal background checks failed. president obama said despite a 90% approval rating among the public. and strong support from the families who lost loved ones in the newtown massacre. president obama called yesterday a pretty shameful day in washington. but what do you think? should background checks be ramped up for gun buyers? you can weigh in on the "nightline" facebook page or
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Apr 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
? but tonight atherton is sending out bills to cover their expensive president obama visit this month, the star attraction in private homes. david lieu gee there live tonight. >> dan, the town is seeking $8100 in reimbursement for planning and preparing security for the president. $8100 pales to the $32,000 cost to attend one of the two events but the question is whether all residents should be footing the bill. >> this is not the first time atherton sent out expenses when a dignitary comes to town you should be welcoming the visit. and i'm sorry nompblgts we're not going to reimburse you for the event. >> atherton has wealthy residents often behind walls and gates. last year giving $6.5 million to political causes and candidates but the argument is tiny size and limited police. >> they've got a cheese chief and a couple officers. we have an event like this coming through that, diverts those officers and we've got to call in personnel for overtime. >> bills have gone out to the white house. we contacted the white house referring us to the secret service. now neither city charges beefe
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Apr 17, 2013 11:00am PDT
president obama and the first lady heading here tomorrow for a memorial in on of victims. >> thank you. the bay area boy injured in the boston bombing is involving from a new round of surgery today. the 11-year-old aaron hern was there to cheer on his mother running in the marathon. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard is in martin news. >> the community is rallying behind his family. >> it is amazing the love and support that martinez is showing for the 11-year-old aaron hern who is recovering at this hour in boston. this restaurant, one of three restaurants holding fundraisers for his family, i spoke with a family friend in boston who use aaron hern is making a strong recovery. >> aaron hern is making a good recovery after a traumatic 24 hours. family friend spoke to us by phone from boston. >> when he wakes up, he wants to know how the family s. >> the doctors at boston children's hospital will remove a breathing tube that prevented him from speaking. he is using an eye pad to communicate. >> he is a healthy strong boy. he is a swimmer, he is in great condition, a baseball player. so all o
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Apr 23, 2013 4:30am PDT
obama is set to host a dinner at the white house tonight for female senators. voters elected 20 female senators to congress in november, a record. the white house says that the dinner is part of the effort to improve lines of communication with congress and lay the ground work for future compromise. the president had dinner with senate democrats last weekend with senate republicans before that to discuss various issues. >> town leaders in california want someone to pay their expenses for a presidential visit. president obama attended fundraisers in atherton and they spent $5,000 on police overtime and now they want reimbursement. they are sending bills to the white house and the democratic national committee and the two people who hosted the president. they admit that chances of getting any money is slim. by comparison the san francisco spent $42,000 on the last presidential visit. >> this morning, contra costa built officials will spray insecretary side to handle the mosquito problem in the eastern part of the county starting at 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. fours say there is a high conc
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Apr 24, 2013 7:00am PDT
from the associated press reporting an attack on the white house, president obama injured. even though it was caught quickly, the fraud showed how much chaos hackers can cause. jim avila has the the latest from washington. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, george. it's the tweet that took the hack job from nerdy prank to national security issue. it supposedly came from the trusted associated press. breaking news. two explosions in the white house. and barack obama is injured. >> at least for a brief moment in time, people believed that the u.s. government had been attacked. and the president had been injured. >> reporter: less than 140 characters causing the stock market to drop 150 points. almost immediately. and sending the white house scrambling to reassure the nation. >> i can say that the president is fine. i was just with him. >> reporter: traders and computers reacting to the tweet, programmed to respond to certain words online. >> computers don't have emotions. computers don't have intuition. computers trade off of one variable and one variable only. humans u
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Apr 18, 2013 6:00pm PDT
, michelle obama stop bid to see the 11-year-old and his family, more on his condition in just a moment. first, the video release today by the sh -- but the fbi who singled out two men seen here carrying backpacks near the scene of the bombings. they want to find these two men very much. >> ama? >> i'm standing in front of the fire house which is just down the street from the blast sites. as soon as the fbi released images of the suspects firefighters printed them out and put them on display for everyone to see. >> today we're listing help to identify the two suspects. >> the fbi released these surveillance images of two men they are now calling suspects in the boston marathon bombing autos suspect one wearing a dark hat. suspect two wearing a white hat. suspect two set down a backpack at the site of the second explosion just in front of the forum res strunt they ciateve the two are asso they appear to be walking together through the marathon crowd, you can see one behind another. >> we can consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous. no one should approach them. no one should att
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Apr 17, 2013 1:40am PDT
? >> how do you recover? >> president obama will be in boston tomorrow to help there. vigils of course going all over, a vigil, last night in boston common not far from the bombing scene. >> that's right. two vigils one was for martin, the 8-year-old. another one that was for everybody who was hurt, who was killed, who was there, who just need to come together and be part of a community in moments like this. understandably they wanted to support each other. in times like this that's what is needed. >> harvard, boston university planning vigils. >> there will be more, i am sure. >>> all right, as the search for clues continues in boston, diane sawyer sat down with one man who knows all too well what it feels look to lead a city under attack. former new york city mayor rudy giuliani said we still don't know how much evidence was caught on camera. >> they have a lot of surveillance cameras in boston. more than new york. less than london. you have very much focused on event with the lives of people. professional cameras, amateur cameras. it may be that some person photographing thei
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Apr 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
emotional debate over gun control. president obama with strong words after the senate failed to pass a key proposal to expand background checks. he called it a shameful day in washington and vowed to keep fighting. john carl has the story. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> reporter: just as the bill was voted down, two victims of gun violence scream out in the senate chamber. >> shame on you! >> the president joined by gabby giffords and some of the families were anger. >> all in all this was a shameful day for washington. >> reporter: afterwards the newtown families told us they were disappointed but determined. >> we don't have a political agenda. we just don't want other people to suffer through this. we want their passing to mean something, to have a purpose. >> reporter: james and natalie barden lost their little brother daniel in the sandy hook massacre. >> i feel that we owe it to daniel because his life needed to mean something. >> he was just so thoughtful and he thought about everybody. he was always happy. >> reporter: senator rand paul yesterday accused the president of
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Apr 24, 2013 1:40am PDT
sending poison-laced letters to president obama and others. paul kevin curtis was released from custody yesterday after investigators failed to find evidence of ricin at his home. the fbi has now concluded, concluded its search of another man's home in connection with the investigation. that man has not been charged and he claims that he is innocent. >> one of the men facing terror charges in canada for allegedly plotting to derail a passenger train says he is innocent. in a court hearing he rejected charges saying authorities that based their conclusions on his physical appearance. his alleged accomplice will appear before a judge. investigators say both received guidance, but no money, from al qaeda in iran. >>> rock climbers in the french alps captured a dangerous spectacular scene. they were a safe distance away with the camera when the earth started to move. check that out. you are looking at a powerful avalanche, landslide, rolled into one. started snow giving way at the top of the mountain. as you see everything else came tumbling down. tons of dirt, rock and trees. >>> t
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Apr 20, 2013 5:00am PDT
confirmed fatalities with at least 3 still missing. more than 200 were injured. president obama has pledged federal aid to the town where laura anthony continues to cover the story. yesterday laura spoke with residents who haven't lost their spirit, even after losing their homes. >> the inside is gone. the ceilings are gone and the insulation is laying on the floor. >> do you feel lucky, though, that you got out. >> #*? >> lucky for my wife. she was sitting in the living room on the couch and the ceiling fell on top of her. >> and some good news. laura reports all 144 patients living in the nursing home that was blown apart survived the blast. >>> bay area democrats are determined to pass new gun control laws despite a failed attempt in the senate this week. at 1:00 today in palo alto congresswoman joins mike thompson to host a gun prevention meeting. both vow not to let the outcome in the senate stop them from passing house legislation. they say 90% of americans support the effort. supporters can meet both california senators if they would like to thank them forecasting votes in favor of b
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Apr 20, 2013 6:00am PDT
missing. more than 200 were injured. president obama has pledged federal aid to the town where laura anthony continues to cover the story. yesterday laura spoke with residents who haven't lost their spirit, even after losing their homes. >> it's gone. everything -- the inside is gone. the ceilings are gone and the insulation is laying on the floor. >> do you feel lucky, though, that you got out. >> lucky for my wife. she was sitting in the living room on the couch and the ceiling fell on top of her. >> and some good news. laura reports all 144 patients living in the nursing home that was blown apart survived the blast. >>> bay area democrats are determined to pass new gun control laws despite a failed attempt in the senate this week. at 1:00 today in palo alto congresswoman anna ishu joins mike thompson to host a gun prevention meeting. both vow not to let the outcome in the senate stop them from passing house legislation. they say 90% of americans support the effort. >>> the north vallejo little league season has been shot indefinitely after shots were fired at a game this week. a m
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Apr 22, 2013 11:00am PDT
more. >> the visit comes after first lady michelle obama visited aaron hern on thursday and this morning, the players met with the 11-year-old and his family at boston's children hospital. the martinez boy was injured by shrapnel as his mother crossed the boston marathon finish line a week ago today. a family says aaron hern is respond well to treatment but the family does not know when he will come home. also, doctors at boston medical center gave a brief saying that everyone injured in the blast who made it out alive seems likely to survive but that rehabilitation from here on out will be a marathon. >> it will take months for people to recover. for those who are in rehabilitation the importance is to integrate mental health services, behavioral health services, into the process. in the interest of promoting optimal healing. >> here is the latest, 180 people were hurt and at least 14 of them lost all or part of a limb. 51 are still hospitalized and three are listed in critical condition, five of 9 victims are in serious condition. all of the injured victims are expected to surv
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Apr 17, 2013 5:00pm PDT
president obama and senator. the president was sent to the president was intercepted yesterday. the secret service says the man, kenneth curtis sent both letters. officials say signed with initials kc. nannette miranda has been looking at the security officers screen mail sent to our capitol and reports now from sacramento. >> this is where letters are sorted out by staff. >> at california state capitol they use these security procedures for mail coming into the governor's, state lawmakers and other leaders as feds do. tony beard says it's screened first for things like ricin and anthrax before mail ever gets to the capitol rail mail room. >> just technology but also a combination of skills we teach people. there are fbi protocols to follow. >> the procedures work with washington, d.c.. they were discovered in the off site location. the screening doesn't work that. is where training can provide protection. >> there is a fine line between threatening and having a right to disagree. >> nothing chemical has been detected in mail sent to late leaders. >> state senator has been targeted
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Apr 22, 2013 4:00am PDT
. >> cates was visited there in the hospital by president obama last thursday. she says she's feeling much better and she hopes to walk out of the hospital in the next few days. >>> but it was a sad scene as hundreds came out to honor m.i.t. police officer sean collier. the 26-year-old was shot and killed in his police cruiser last thursday night. his death sparked the manhunt for those suspects. >>> charges against tsarnaev will likely include a weapons of mass destruction charge, which carries the death penalty. with the intense emotion surrounding the case, we asked former u.s. attorney michael garcia whether tsarnaev could get a fair trial in boston. >> very difficult to move a trial. the legal standard. essentially no jury in this city will be able to look fairly on the evidence. very high standard. i believe he will face trial in boston. >> tsarnaev is being questioned without being given his miranda rights as a matter of public safety. >>> one byproduct of the events of last week is a certain sense of boston pride. it was on full display. yesterday as the bruins took part in th
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Apr 20, 2013 5:00pm PDT
security council meeting. this is a white house photo of president obama getting updates from security and intelligence officials. he has commended the work done to pursue justice and is underscoring the need to find answers. so here's what is next in the case. top republican lawmakers are urging the president to hold dzhokar tsarnaev as a potential enemy combatant. that would deny him a government-pointed dispoash other legal rights so investigators can learn more about other possible attacks. when he is able to speak he will be questioned by a federal government team, an entire grace group that consists of officials phloem fbi, cia, and defense department. officials did not read dzhokar his miranda rights. charges could come as soon as tonight. >> friends and neighbors in martinez are stepping up to help the family of aaron hearn who is still recovering in a boston hospital after the marathon bombing. businesses around town, including several restaurants, are donating a percentage of their sales to help the family pay for medical and travel costs. a family friend is using he
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Apr 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT
house today president obama called the bombings an act of cowardice and made plans to travel to boston on thursday. >> what we don't yet know is who carried out the attack or why. whether or not planned and executed by a terrorist organization foreign or domestic or was the act of a malevolent individual. >> the president ordered flags at half staff in memory of the victims. >> bay area people who attended or competed in the marathon are getting back home now. we've been speaking with many of them today. wayne freedman has the coverage. >> we like to say every person has a story. but travelers arrived from san francisco international airport today only one story mattered in so many different versions. >> loud loom. >> two block as head. >> thought it's a cannon. >> people started to run one way. emts going another way. no one knew what is going on. >> you see snok smoke. you know there is chaos. >> there is no getting away from them. after flying across a continent. >> this is pretty emotional. an 8-year-old boy, they came out and watched and knowing that that could have been my
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Apr 20, 2013 4:00am PDT
obama's tweet on election night, four more years. >> such a telling story. thank you. >>> coming up, five days none of us will soon forget. a look back at the drama in boston. from the bombings on monday to the celebrations in the street overnight. keep it here. kids... they'll tell you exactly what they're thinking... especially my niece. the moment she pointed out my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis... well, it was really embarrassing. so i had a serious talk with my dermatologist. this time, she prescribed humira-adalimumab. humira helps to clear the surface of my skin by actually working inside my body. in clinical trials, most adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis saw 75% skin clearance. and the majority of people were clear or almost clear in just 4 months. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer, have happened. blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure have occurred. befor
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Apr 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
the blast. 76 people remain in the hospital, 20 of them in critical condition and president obama will visit boston tomorrow to take part in a prayer vigil for the victims. >> encouraging news this morning for the family of the martinez boy who was injured in the explosion. friends and neighbors are coming together to raise money to help the boy's family. our news reporter is live in martinez with more. >> good morning, it is amazing the love and support that martinez is showing for an 11-year-old aaron herned government is no different starting this morning, mountain mike pizza will raise money to help the family with expenses. last night a fundraiser raised $4,000 offering a pasta dinner at $5 a plate. the owners' grasped -- grandchildren go do school with aaron hern. slap them from the blast tore into his thigh. he is in children's hospital in boston. friends and family and total strangers wanted to help and they did. >> i talk on facebook about the sandwich special and this hit so close to home. >> we appreciate our great neighbors as seen by everything that has taken place he
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Apr 19, 2013 7:00am PDT
an extraordinary week. >> one of the tensest weeks of the obama presidency, you had the bombing in massachusetts, at the boston marathon, and then not long after we were trying to grasp that, you had the ricin letters, one addressed to the president of the united states and another one addressed to senator roger wicker on capitol hill. ricin poisonous, that was entirely unconnected. of course, the explosion at the fertilizer plant outside of waco, texas, an extraordinary week. as it's unfolding you don't know if the events are connected or not. a very tense week. by the way, a thoroughly packed week politically. the president's big initiative on gun violence went down on capitol hill. >> let's get to pierre thomas, right now, our chief justice correspondent, we're learning a lot more about the suspects right now, pierre, and one of the points you have been making this morning is the way they handled themselves in the firefight suggests some kind of par military training. >> george, let's re-create what we think happened, firefight, they were throwing grenades or explosives out the
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Apr 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
, over 130 victims are being transported to six area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. >> investigators searching for clues as to who is behind the bombings all night long and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here and he's been reporting on it all night. brian? >> reporter: well, good morning, george. there is a killer at large. and with no one in custody, and no sense that there might be more terror attacks coming, the search for the people behind this is -- could not be more urgent. overnight a tip about possible explosives led federal agents to search an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston suburb of revere. agents later told residents there was nothing to worry about. but the quick law enforcement response underscored the urgency of the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> the maker of the device intended for the device to go off simultaneously, and he had absolutely no regard for, you know, women, childre
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Apr 23, 2013 11:00pm PDT
in the white house and barack obama is injured." a group calling themselves the syrian electronic army claims responsibility. a stanford professor says it was an unsophisticated breech. >> if he had the same problem that you or i have which is somebody got hold of the pass word on their twitter account. i wouldn't question ap's news feed. this is a problem in twitter. >> twitter is testing a possible security solution that requires two pieces of uh then tau location to access an account. here is a look at the impact today's hack had on wall street. with fear plunging the dow 143 points before rebounding minutes later. >> new at 11:00, the u.s. government is going after millions of dollars. lance armstrong earned it during his pro cycling career. armstrong's attorney says the lawsuit is opportune nistic. arm stropping road his heart out -- armstrong road his heart out and gave the brand brand exposure. the titles were stripped last year because of doping. >> there is a big mystery to serve at the giants ballpark. who took a plaque honoring barry bonds? it used to sit in the spot wh
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Apr 23, 2013 4:00pm PDT
man accused of sending ricin laced letters to barack obama and other senators he just addressed reporters saying he's looking forward to seeing his family. critics call the situation overwhelming and said he didn't know what ricin was. >> i respect president obama. i love my country and would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other u.s. official. >> curtis's release a day after investigators found no evidence of the poison in his home or car. his attorneys saying curtis had been treated well. authorities searched the home of another man in this case. >> the federal government issued new guidelines today to make it tougher for drivers to become distracted by navigation or other high tech systems in cars. new cars. the guidelines advise car makers against installing system that's let's drivers push buttons or manually input data while driving. voice activation systems are fine but the department of transportation says drivers should not have to take eyes off the road more than two seconds at a time. >> new research suggests it's just as unsafe to use a voice detect
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Apr 17, 2013 11:35pm PDT
president obama a suspicious letter containing the poison ricis. it's a deadly poison made from beans. it's silent but deadly poise zin made with beans. they said it's the third worst substance you can send in the mail behind anthrax and packing peanuts. it never got to the president. funny, people think the letter you sent tot president is going to be delivered to his desk. the president isn't opening his own mail. he's busy planning vacation for beyonce and jay-z. federal law enforcement agencies say they believe it's the from the same person who sent ricin to a republican senator yesterday. at least he's bipartisan. both letters were signed i am k.c. and i approve this message. it was either him or katie cour couric. who signs their initials on a letter filled with poison. the only people sending letters are terrorists and families with their annual holiday newsletters. they both belong in guantanamo bay, as far as i'm concerned. the white house believes north korea has a number of medium-range nonnuclear mittles ready to fire. i'm sick of gangnam style, too. but launching mi
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Apr 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
. at this church president obama and the first lady will come here to try to comfort the heart broken city. >> three daze after terror, a grieving city tries to heal. president obama and the first lady will join the boston residents at a service dedicated to victims of the marathon attack. >> they will remember those killed, 8-year-old martin richard, 29-year-old krystle campbell and a native of china and pray for the 200 people who were injured include those still in the hospital. also, a major break in the investigation. authorities believe they now have a clear image of suspected bomber. the f.b.i. is examining photographs including some taken at a lord & taylor store showing a man near the finish line using a cell phone with a black back strapped across his chest. >> if the f.b.i. has a face from surveillance video at lord & taylor or local television they could be able to use facial recognition software to run that face against databases. >> in addition, f.b.i.ing as are examining debris in the remains of a pressure cooker record at the crime scene. >> they will be able to identi
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Apr 20, 2013 1:05am PDT
to be intimidated. refused to refused to be terrorized. >> president obama speaking from the white house. >> the capture came after a five-day manhunt that virtually shutdown the boston area as police conducted door newhes. >> new video of people gathering at the finish of the boston marathon. it was a time to honor the victims and a chance to finally breathe a bit easier. >> we are exhausted, but we have a victory tonight. >> it is a night we will all rest easy. >> the marathon finish line is just seven miles from the spot where police captured tsarnaev. ama, what an incredible day and evening there. >> it is a stormy night here in watertown, but one filled with a lot of relief as the second suspect was finally captured. celebration in the streets after residents learned the second suspect in themarathon bg marathon bombings was finally caught. >> this is what we were waiting for since fina monday. we finally got both of them and we can rest tonight. >> brendan and uh may caw lay spent the -- and makayla spent the day in their apartment as police looked for dzhokhar-tsarnaev. >> w
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Apr 19, 2013 1:05am PDT
on universal background checks failed. president obama said despite a 90% approval rating among the public. and strong support from the families who lost loved ones in the newtown massacre. president obama called yesterday a pretty shameful day in washington. but what do you think? should background checks be ramped up for gun buyers? you can weigh in on the "nightline" facebook page or tweet us @nightline. world news knew is coming up soon with overnight breaking news. as always, tune into good morning america tomorrow. we're on line at abcnews.com. see you here tomorrow night. >> it looibingd like picked me up and pushed me back. a little. but like seriously felt like an earthquake. >> war zone. every window is out. >> people in this small texas town picking themselves up tonight at vigil while investigators try to figure out what setoff the massive explosion. >> but first the boston bombing suspects. fbi released video of 2 men they are calling armed and extremely dangerous. good evening. >> i'm carolyn. the fbi knew this would happen. >> within hours of releasing these images of
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Apr 16, 2013 4:00am PDT
scene looked like a war zone. president obama was notified within minutes. he promised action. >> i'm supremely confident that bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward as one proud city, and as they do, the american people will be with them every single step of the way. >> reporter: officials are tracking multiple persons of interest including a man being treated at an area hospital, as well as another individual who was seen trying to gain access to a restricted area five minutes before the blasts. john and diana. >> all right, tahman bradley, live in boston, thank you. >>> well, the fbi is launching a massive effort to find those responsible for the deadly attack. they're going to be looking at bomb fragments. they'll also look at hundreds of videos from the finish line. >>> with more on the search for clues, we're joined by abc's devin dwyer from washington. good morning, devin. >> reporter: good morning. the boston marathon attack is the first successful bombing in the u.s. since the september 11th, 2001 attacks. now the full weight of the u.
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Apr 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
message that's stud grents a nearby college left on this barricade. >> president obama told people of boston everyone stands with them. >> they sought to intimidate us, terrorize us, to shake us from those values that make us who we are as americans. well, itld be pretty clear by now that they have picked the wrong city to do it. >> the president spoke this morning. >> a very special visitor for a day bai area boy injured in the bombing. michelle obama dropped by the hospital to visit 11-year-old aaron hern, the martinez boy suffer aid deep thigh wound while watching his mother finish the marathon. his mother tells abc 7 news her son is improving and his neck brace and other tubes have been removed. he's doing well. there is this badge in support of the people of boston. you can find them on our page facebook.com/abc 7 news. >> the search for survivors continues after a powerful fertilizer plant explosion in texas. that could with felt 45 miles way. it damaged or destroyed buildings within a 1500 foot radius, you can see damage from blast, buildings and homes obliterated. the mayor sa
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Apr 16, 2013 1:05am PDT
race. >> president obama is vowing justice for the victims of the boston bombings. here's a picture of mr. obama as he received the news from boston and short time later he addressed the nation. >> make no mistake we will get to the bottom of this. and we will find out who did this. find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> members of congress observe a moment of silence tonight for the bombing vichlts chairman of the house committee on homeland security says this is a terrorist attack and the question is whether terrorism is foreign or domestic. >> people in boston pitching in to help those affected by the bombings. hundreds of people offered to host them in their homes for free. offering a bed or couch or ride whatever they can do to help. it's going on right now through google drive. >> mean time boston police relessed phone number for people to call to try to reunite with family friends. that number and we have it on the bottom of the screen is listed here. all that information is on abc 7 new news.co
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Apr 18, 2013 5:00am PDT
solve this case. today is about grieving, president obama and the first lady will be at this church to comfort the heartbroken city. three days after terror. today a grieving city tries to heal. president obama and the first lady will join boston residents at a service later this morning dedicated to victims of the marathon attack. they will remember those who were killed, 8-year-old martin richard and 29-year-old krystle campbell and a native of china and pray for the nearly 200 people who were injured including those still in the hospital. also this morning, a major break in the investigation, authorities believe they now have a clear image of the suspected bomber. the f.b.i. is examining photographs including some taken at a lord&taylor store showing a man near the finish line with a cell phone and a black back across his chest. if the f.b.i. has a face from the video at the lord & taylor or from local division, they may be able to use facial recognition software so run the face against databases. >> in addition to video and foes the tech agents are examining debris in the remain
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Apr 23, 2013 5:30pm PDT
house and president obama was injured. but the tweet was false. the work of disruptive hackers. abc's new chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis explains how it all unfolded. >> reporter: it was the tweet that sent stocks plunging. at 1:07 p.m., breaking news from the associated press, "two explosions in the white house and barack obama is injured." >> stocks higher this afternoon, recovering after a false report of a bombing at the white house. >> hack account on an a.p. twitter feed. >> reporter: the news was false. a hacker's hoax. but before the a.p. or the president's press secretary could clear things up -- >> i can say the president was fine. i was just with him. >> reporter: there were four minutes of panic on wall street. a gain of 130 points on the dow, gone in an instant. $136 billion lost before seconds later, a full recovery. but it wasn't humans driving stocks lower. traders say many computer programs troll the internet for key phrases and react accordingly. in this case, they saw the a.p.'s tweet and responded sell, sell, sell. >> computers don't have
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Apr 22, 2013 4:00pm PDT
getting a boost from the obama administration. the energy department awarded $2.5 million to cobalt technologies. this to test bio fuels for fuels for jets and ships part of the efforts to advance bio fuel technologies to bring down costs. a and identify effective processing technique that's don't come from food stock. >> up next yosemite park rangers welcome back a young girl who stole or borrowed two sticks what. she did on her visit. >> the search for computer programmers is competitive and how the super geniuses are taking a page to get the first deal. >> we can see clear conditions now but costal fog is making a come back. >> this is the traffic at 4:36. 680 north is oncoming traffic slowing down just a bit as it normally does. going southbound back towards walnut creek and 24. stay with us. >>> a young girl who took two sticks and then mailed back two sticks from vos sem ti has made am yends to mother nature. the rangers responded to the letter. >> she wrote she was a junior park ranger and knew not to take things and picked a spot to return the sticks back to earth. >> she na
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Apr 20, 2013 8:00am PDT
people were injured. president obama has now pledged federal aid to the town where "abc 7 news" reporter laura anthony continues to cover the story. she spoke to residents that have not lost their spirited even though they lost their homes. >> everything is gone. the ceiling is gone. >> do you feel luc you got out? >> lucky for my wife. it fell on top of her. >>he reports that all 144 patients in a nursing home survived the blast. >>> bay area democrats are determined to pass new gun control laws despite a failed attempt at the senate. at 1:00 in palo alto, congresswoman joins michael thompson to host a gun prevention meeting. both vow not to let the outcome of the senate stop them from passing house legislation. they say 90% of americans support that effort. >>> the north bay little league season has been cancelled indefinitely after shots were fired a game this week. an emergency meeting mgt will be held to discuss issues. >> reporter: the field where major all-star pitcher played as kid is immaterial. the sounds of baseball silenced after a parent fired shots into a vehicle of the opp
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Apr 16, 2013 5:30pm PDT
president obama made clear today, there's still no evidence of who is responsible for this act of terrorism. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. >> reporter: the fbi agents tell us they have tons of video, and somewhere in there will be a picture of the person who planted these two bombs, diane. >> speaking of pictures, i want to ask you about a photo that everybody was e-mailing today. it is a man standing up on top of a roof. you can move in there, you see it right there. what do you know about it? >> reporter: well, it's very intriguing, but authorities say they're giving it no special priority. it's one of many tips and leads they're following. they're really focusing on the person who had that unusually heavy black bag the day of the race. >> as you said the strongest clues are in the nature of the bomb. >>> up next, abc's senior national correspondent jim avila, shows us just how far the blast from the bombs traveled. >> reporter: the killer bombs likely contained less t
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Apr 17, 2013 5:00am PDT
in the blast the 76 people remain in the hospital. 20 of them are critical. president obama will visit best temperature to take part in a prayer vigil for the victims. >> there is encouraging news for the family of a martinez boy injured in the explosions. friends and neighbors are coming together to help raise money for the family to deal with their expenses. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard has more. >> it is amazing the love and support that martinez is showing for the 11-year-old aaron hern and the family. custody no different, mountain mike's pizza will raise money to help the family with their expenses. 11-year-old aaron hern was waiting to his mom at finish line at the boston marathon and one of the bombs went off. shrapnel from the blast tore into his thigh, he remains hospitalized at children's hospital. friends and complete strangers have been organizing fundraisers for the family. last night, rocks on main raised $4,000 offering a pasta dinner for the family at $5 a plate. the owners' grandchild go to school with aaron hern. >> i go on facebook and talk about my spec
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Apr 18, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. >> a, wel ok f y at 5:00. three people who died in the attacks. mr. obama spoke with doctor skbrorz nurses two -- who treated the wounded and visited some of the injured. seven people remain in critical condition but that is down from 14 yesterday. the bombingt people to the hos 120 of them have been sent home to continue recovery. >>ere a michelle obama visiting1-year-old aaron hern. his family e mailed thus photo. he was waiting at the finish line to watch his mother cross it when he was severely injured in monday's bombings. his mom tells us her son is dramatically improving. he suffered a deep thigh wound and other injuries. he's now breathing on his own and neck brace and breathing tube have been removed. she says they're looking forward to getting him into therapy. several local fund-raisers are taking place for the family in martinez swrechl a full list on our web site. >> and one way to show your support is to share this get well soon badge on your facebook page by going to our page. >> adidas selling these tee shirts to honor the vips. both have boston stands as one written
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Apr 17, 2013 5:30pm PDT
be very damaging and it could kill you. >> reporter: two letters, one to president obama, another two roger wicker, showed initial positive results in field tests. the letters never reached the white house or capital. >> the mail sent here is screened and the tests are taken at remote sites to mitigate the risks. >> the first was stopped then miles from its target to capitol hill. the second letter to the white house was intercepted six and a half miles away on a military base on the outskirts of d.c. a third post office sorting facility suffered possible contamination to its filtering system from an unknown source, ten miles from downtown washington. protections including air sensors at screening centers, set up after the anthrax attack in 2001, that killed five americans and injured 17 others, it happened just after 9/11. today's apparent attempt, so close to another incident of domestic terror is an eerie reminder of those frightening days. >> the letters to the problem and the senator were both signed with the initials k.c. which matches the name of the man arrested in tupelo,
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Apr 18, 2013 11:00pm PDT
. he's feeling better who wouldn't vtv after a visit today from first lady obama. unhooked from nearly all machines and mother tells us that he could be out of icu by tomorrow. >> well tonight runners from the bay area showed their solidarity with the victims and people of boston by taking part in the candle light round and vigil. hundreds turn out including an its bay woman who was interthe blast. 7 news reporter has the story. >>reporter: they may haveeen sprted by distance but these rus in oakland snow park were connected to boston in spirit. >> go boston. pishtion more than 300 ran through oakland. went 3 miles one for each victim who died in the bom bombings. paula of concord ran the marathon and was near the explosion. >> a lot of emotion. like right now. just remembering people's faces and the fear. lots of fear. camaraderie. >>reporter: this run organized by the owner of the see jane run sporting good store. >> we are standing strong together as community and we are not going to let this kind of thing hold us back. >>reporter: in oakland, abc 7 news. >> and tomorrow morning org
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Apr 23, 2013 11:00am PDT
at the associated press. they said president obama was injured. the account was suspended and the dow plunged after the tweet by 130 points before quickly rebounding on word that it was a hacking. >> a man arrested in canada on suspicion of planning to attack a passenger train traveling from the united states to canada, made the first court appearance. the 35-year-old did not enter a plea during the brief appearance in toronto, and the other suspect will appear before a judge if montreal tomorrow. law enforcement officials say the suspects intended to plant bombs to destroy the tracks, derailing the canadian trains which partners with amtrak to provide service between canada and new york. it is the first plot tied to al qaeda to target canada. >> new this morning, officials in libya are looking for whoever is behind a deadly car bomb that exploded just outside the french embassy in tripoli. the explosion killed two french guards and a libyan teen. libya and france have condemned the attack. >> oakland police want to fine the person who spray painted racist graffiti on a woman's ca
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Apr 16, 2013 12:35am PDT
the situation. >> reporter: president obama was notified in minutes and while he was not ready to use the word "terrorist" he made this vow. >> we will find out who did this we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. make no mistake. we will get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: but new york congressman peter king is more willing to point firngers. >> obviously it's nothing give net yet but it has all the earmarks of an al qaeda attack. it reminds me of what happened in times square in 2010. it could end up being someone else but it has all the indicators of being an al qaeda or al qaeda affiliated attack. >> reporter: for rebecca roach and all the runners who ran with full hearts and their loved ones who cheered them on it's so incomprehensible and so wrong. >> i just think it's horrendous. why? i don't understand. i can't find reason in it. >> reporter: so it was a day of he heartbreak here in boston and of heroism. bruce mendelson who is an army veteran was on the scene and responded. you were ri
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Apr 17, 2013 1:05am PDT
remain in the hospital tonight, and a number of them have very serious injuries. president obama travels to boston on thursday. >> stay with abc7 news for continuing coverage of the boston bombings. our abc7 morning news begins at 4:30, and you can always check abc7news.com as well as follow us on twitter at abc7 news bay area. >> that is our report for now. thank you so much for watching. we appreciate your time as always. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carolyn johnson. for larry beil and sandhya patel, thank you for joining us, everyone. >> good night. [captioning made possible by disney-abc domestic television] [cheering and applause] meredith: hey, guys. hello, everybody, and welcome to "millionaire." kicking things off today is an emergency room doctor from huntersville, north carolina. please welcome james perri. [cheering and applause] hey, james. >> nice to meet you. meredith: nice to meet you, too. all right, james. emergency room doctor. so you are used to anything that comes your way, obviously. that's a chaotic place to work. >> fairly chaotic, yes. meredith: so does that make this s
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Apr 23, 2013 4:00am PDT
was racing to evacuate when the explosion hit. president obama will attend a memorial service on thursday for the 14 people who lost their lives. 12 of those victims were first responders. >>> a fugitive who replaced osama bin laden on the fbi's most-wanted list is now under arrest. former washington, d.c. elementary schoolteacher eric justin toth was captured in nicaragua. he's accused of producing child pornography. he was fired amid allegations that he hid a camera in a boy's bathroom at the exclusive school where he taught third grade. >>> two years after a sexting scandal cost him his job, anthony weiner is back on twitter. it was this half-naked picture that led to the downfall of the new york congressman. a link to a policy statement on new york city. >>> former south carolina governor mark sanford not apologizing for getting caught going out of the back door of his ex-wife's home in february. using his cell phone as a flashlight. in a newspaper ad, he addressed the accusations of trespassing. saying he entered the home because, quote, he didn't think his 14-year-old son s
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Apr 23, 2013 12:35am PDT
happens again. >> reporter: and caitlin had a special visitor, president barack obama. >> reporter: what did he say to you? >> he shook our hands and told us we were strong and an inspiration to other people. >> reporter: caitlin is recovering so well, she could be released this week. what message do you have for everyone watching? >> i think that life should go on. we should continue and stay strong and -- not avoid or be scared of events. because there's dangerous people out there like this. >> reporter: life going on. today investigators finished their grim work on boylston street where the attacks happened seven days ago. and handed the famous street back to the city. just another act of courage and defiance in this proud place as it struggles to get back on its feet. for "nightline," geo benitez in boston. >> as we said, boston strong, not just a slogan. our thanks to abc's gio benitez. thank you for watching abc news. ""world news now"" is coming up with the overnight breaking news. "gma" is back in the morning. as always, we're online at abcnews.com. i'm dan harris. that's "
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Apr 17, 2013 12:35am PDT
boston remans a city in grief tuesday with a 15-block crime scene at its center, president obama vowed those responsible would be caught and brought to justice. >> what we don't yet know is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual. but we will find out. we will find whoever harmed our citizens. and we will bring them to justice. >> a lot of questions in the beginning of a major investigation. and brian, as if this wasn't enough, there is what appears to be another terrorist scare. this one in washington. what's going on? >> a suspicious letter sent to mississippi senator roger rickart. it had a white granular substance, two field tests indicated it was ricin, a highly poisonous substance. it's been sent to a lab to do full tests and we'll know the result of tests tomorrow. >> it could shake up the delivery of mail? >> it could shake up the delivery of mail but at this point, there's no indication it's connected to what's happening here. >> thank you very much for t
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Apr 19, 2013 11:00pm PDT
terrorized. >> president obama speaking from the white house. >> the capture came after a five-day manhunt that virtually shutdown the boston area as police conducted door-to-door searches. >> new video of people gathering at the finish of the boston marathon. it was a time to honor the victims and a chance to finally breathe a bit easier. >> we are exhausted, but we have a victory tonight. >> it is a night we will all rest easy. >> the marathon finish line is just seven miles from the spot where police captured tsarnaev. ama, what an incredible day and evening there. >> it is a stormy night here in watertown, but one filled with a lot of relief as the second suspect was finally captured. celebration in the streets after residents learned the second suspect in the boston marathon bombings was finally caught. >> this is what we were waiting for since monday. we finally got both of them and we can rest tonight. >> brendan and uh may caw lay spent the -- and makayla spent the day in their apartment as police looked for dzhokhar-tsarnaev. >> we are thankful for the police and the first respond
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Apr 19, 2013 11:00am PDT
targets in the united states. >> i've never understood that. in the weeks after 9/11 president obama asked me for what could happen next and we predicted that there would be a lot of attacks like this. it's been a decade and it hasn't happened. now, the fbi has stopped a lot of things before it happened, and initiating people in the united states, but i would have expected a lot more to have happened just like this, and i don't know why it hasn't. >> thanks very much. let's go back to brian in watertown who has been told about a possible controlled explosion that may be imminent. >> they're in the course of doing that. it is 2:00 in the afternoon in the east coast and only several hours of daylight left and the more they can do in daylight the happy they are with about it. they're go about to do that to make sure there are no booby traps in there and agens and police officers will go in following these controlled detonations which will essentially put an end to the risk that something would blow sky high, it will blow as best as they cacon ntrol it. >> that's the home in cambridge, m
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Apr 19, 2013 4:30am PDT
of letters that were sent to president obama and a senator and a judge. >> pg&e is beaching up security after someone shot up a transformer in san jose. police are on the scene as repairs continue at a substation. someone fired several shots from a high powered rifle into the plant early on tuesday. that led to a wide-spread power outage. at&t phone cables were also vandalized and the phone company is offering a major reward for the vandals at $250,000. >> mass teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy is facing nine years in prison. the 42-year-old will be sentenced next month after pleading no contest to nine counts after sexual relationship with a firm student and was arrested at the high school in livermore back in january. according to the police, the relationship began through the popular smartphone app words with friend and text messages and social immediate ya. >> seven weeks is how long the stanford professor has to find a bone marrow match to fight an aggressive leukemia. we explain why finding a match >> i have been through five hospitalizations and two ro
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